December 18, 1930 ~ September 5, 2019

Born in: Rural Retreat, VA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

James Kenneth Riddle, 88, of Asheville died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Care Partners Hospice.
Born in Rural Retreat, VA, to the late James E. and Ena Jane Foglesong Riddle, he worked as a financial accountant and was a veteran of the US Army.
Mr. Riddle is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Mary Ann Riddle; three sons, Marty Riddle (Karen), Brad Riddle (Annie) and David Riddle (Bonnie); two daughters, Deanna Crawford (Terry) and Mindy Riddle; eighteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one brother, John Riddle (Carolyn) and two sisters, Helen Cordell and Tina Jarvis.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel and the family will receive friends from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD, 57326.

Services

Funeral Service: September 9, 2019 10:00 am

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-252-3535

Visitation: September 8, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

(828)299-4416
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Uncle Ken was always very influential in my life (as is Aunt Mary Ann) loved
    him very much and hard to think of the future without him.

  2. HOW SAD IT IS TO LOSE SUCH A GREAT FRIEND OF MANY YEARS. KEN AND I MET IN SEVENTH GRADE AT HALL FLETCHER JR HIGH, ATTENDED LEE EDWARDS HIGH, ATTENDED MARS HILL COLLEGE, AND THEN HE WENT TO APPALACHIAN, I WENT TO WAKE FOREST, THEN WE BOTH SERVED IN THE MILITARY DURING THE KOREAN WAR. I RECALL WHILE IN OUR SECOND YEARS AT MARS HILL WE WERE LOOKING AT THE GIRLS LEAVING THE DINING HALL AND KEN PICKED OUT MARY ANN AND SAID I WILL MARRY HER SOME DAY. WE WORKED TOGETHER MANY YEARS AT GENERAL ELECTRIC AND VISITED EACH OTHER AFTER I TRANSFERRED TO GE IN FLORIDA, THEN TRANSFERRED TO WILMINGTON, NC AND THEN KEN HELPED ME GET A JOB BACK IN HENDERSONVILLE WHERE WE BOTH SUBSEQUENTLY RETIRED. JOYCE AND I HAVE ALL OF YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS .

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever remember him always working in his garden. He was so kind to me. I was always felt special with visiting.

  4. Dear Mary Ann and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Ken and entire family when we lived in Etowah. Know you all are in my thoughts and prayers, keep the faith and know Ken is as near to you as your heart. Remember the happy times you shared.
    Love and prayers,
    Lorraine Lambert
    Covington, Indiana

  5. Mrs. MaryAnn and family,
    Praying for God’s sufficient grace, peace and comfort as you walk through the grief journey with hope in our Risen Savior and Lord. Grateful to God for the Riddle family and their impact on my life!

  6. Angela and Deanna,

    Thinking of you two and your family at this sad time. He sounds like a great man who left a beautiful legacy behind.

  7. Angela and Family,
    It is so hard to say goodbye to a loved one. Look to God for your guidance and support. He will help you through. Lifting you up in my prayers.
    With much love,

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